Indian women’s hockey team focus on penalty corner conversion

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Indian women’s hockey team player Lilima Minz said on Sunday they were preparing well for the upcoming Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final and concentrating on penalty corner conversions.

The 10-team tournament will be played in Antwerp, Belgium, from June 20 to July 4. The top-4 finishers will qualify for the HWL Final to be played in Argentina in December while the top three will earn themselves a 2016 Olympics berth.

“While the team is working on penalty corner conversions, we are also working to ensure that we get the required field goals also,” Minz said.

“Here the mid-fielders will play a very important role as we have to ensure possession of ball and making the right passes in the D. While we are doing this, we are even ensuring that the chain behind does not break, which might allow the opponents to counter attack,” said the midfielder.

India have been placed in Pool B with hosts Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Poland and will play their first match against Belgium on June 20.

Asked about the most anticipated challenge, Minz said: “It will be Australia as we had given them a tough time during Hawke’s Bay Cup. We had a few clear chances to convert against them, but were unable to do so. This time around, we will aim to turn things in our favour and not leave any chance of capitalising.”

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